Here’s a great frugal tip that I found on Balancing Beauty and Bedlam:

If the idea of meal planning overwhelms you, set the timer for an hour on a a weekend day, and then try to get as much prep work done as you can, slicing and dicing vegetables and cooking meats, poultry and rice in bulk.  It’s multitasking madness, but when the bell dings, you’ll be able to sock away the building blocks for several dinners.  I sometimes can get eight meals out of that one hour!